Lepanthes vaginans Luer & Hirtz 1993 SUBGENUS Lepanthes SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Breves SERIES Filamentosae Photo by Lourens Grobler

deep shade Cold Fall

Common Name The Sheathed Lepanthes [refers to the column being covered by the lip]

Flower Size .15" [3mm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2300 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 11, microscopically scabrous, lepanthiform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, narrowly obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a slender, elongating, 4" [10 cm] long, flexuous, successively several to many flowered inflorescence with 2 to 4 simultaneously opening flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Lepanthes in Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide